Easy home emergency kit
27 March 2018
Did you know that it’s a government recommendation that every home has an emergency kit with food and water to last 3 days? Being prepared by having the right resources on-hand could eliminate a great deal of stress if there is an emergency.
While there are plenty of pre-assembled emergency kits you can purchase, you can easily put together your own.
Emergency kit basics items are:
- Walking shoes, warm clothes, a raincoat and a hat.
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Torch (with spare batteries)
- Radio (with spare batteries)
- First aid kit
- Essential medicines
- Toilet paper and large rubbish bags
- Face and dust masks
- Pet supplies
- Food (non-perishable) and water for 3+ days
- A can opener
- Something to cook with (such as a gas BBQ)
Remember, these are the minimum and are additional to the portable getaway kit which is also recommended by the government.
- Baby wipes
- Head lamp
- Ear plugs
- Hand sanitiser
- Mobile phone, charger and power bank
- Identification (birth and marriage certificates, driver’s licences and passports)
- Financial documents (e.g. insurance policies and mortgage information)
- Precious family photos
- If you can't buy everything at once, add an item or two to your grocery list each week to start building up your emergency kit gradually.
- Keep a laminated copy of your checklist with your kit. Use a whiteboard marker to keep track of the items.
- Check all your batteries every 3 months.
- Check and replace food and water every twelve months
- Ensure your food and water supplies include supplies for pets and children.
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